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Chris and has been active in the Geology Club and completed two intensive field camps. He has left already to start his graduate program at the University of Nevada in Reno with research in structural controls related to geothermal energy in association with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Christopher Dankoff
2010 Outstanding Graduate


Interpret the movements of the continents; understand the formation of mineral deposits, oil gas and coal; attempt to predict natural disasters
Senior Projects
Award Winning

Our Geology program is at the forefront of developing innovative geoscience curriculum and assessment of student learning. We emphasize active hands-on student learning and this includes active involvement in undergraduate research. The opportunities available at LSSU allow undergraduate students to become actively engaged in interdisciplinary research projects that are both cutting-edge and publishable, not very common in undergraduate programs nationally.

Regardless of what career path students choose upon graduation from LSSU, research at the undergraduate level is a valuable experience! Employers value research because it demonstrates the ability of a student to design and complete a project involving analytical and written skills. Graduate schools view undergraduate research experience as a head start on the skills that students will need to complete masters or Ph.D. theses.

Senior projects help you prepare

"The Senior Presentations helped me overcome my fear of public speaking.  The professors will push you, but they do it because they care and want you to succeed.  And that’s exactly what I’ve done.  I am currently working at an open pit/underground Palladium mine near Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

Nicole MavilleI work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, on a week in/week out rotation.  I have incredible benefits with full medical coverage and I earn $55,000 a year.  Not bad for my first job right after graduating.  Not bad at all!  Having worked for this company for almost five months now, I’m still receiving job offers; a company in Australia wants me to work for them!  So many opportunities are available to people who graduate with a Geology degree.  The one I received from LSSU has gotten me this far, and will only take me further."

--Nicole Maville
North American Palladium,
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada


American Institute of Professional Geologists Awards:

Best Undergraduate Student PosterBEST Undergraduate Student Poster

Shane Carley
Shane Carley

Project: Locating grave sites using geophysical methods at the Maple Ridge Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Second Place Undergraduate Student Poster

Kim Churchill
Kim Churchill

Project: Using non-intrusive geophysical techniques to identify potential hazards at the decommissioned Camp Lucas military facility in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

These awards are not only a recognition of the high quality work that these LSSU geology students have completed but they also are accompanied with monetary awards of $750 and $500 respectively.

Graduate School Bound...

Kim Churchill Geology

"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]

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